slay

Definitions

  • ACHILLES PITIES PENTHESILEA AFTER SLAYING HER
    ACHILLES PITIES PENTHESILEA AFTER SLAYING HER
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slay kill intentionally and with premeditation "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Slay To put to death with a weapon, or by violence; hence, to kill; to put an end to; to destroy. "With this sword then will I slay you both.""I will slay the last of them with the sword.""I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slay To strike; smite.
    • slay To strike so as to kill; put to death violently, by means of a weapon or otherwise; kill.
    • slay To destroy; put an end to; quench; spoil; ruin.
    • slay Synonyms Murder, etc. See kill.
    • n slay The reed of a weavers' loom.
    • slay To arrange (the warp-threads) in the loom-reed for weaving.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Slay slā to strike: to kill: to put to death: to destroy
    • pa.t Slay slew (slōō); pa.p. slain (slān)
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Quotations

  • John Maynard Keynes
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    “Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens.”
  • Havelock Ellis
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    “Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
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    “The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Though he slay me, I shall yet trust Him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slan, sln, sleen, slee, AS. sleán, to strike, beat, slay; akin to OFries. slā, D. slaan, OS. & OHG. slahan, G. schlagen, Icel. slā, Dan. slaae, Sw. sl, Goth. slahan,; perhaps akin to L. lacerare, to tear to pieces, Gr. , E. lacerate,. Cf. Slaughter Sledge a hammer, Sley

Usage

In literature:

Only by slaying the monster canst thou hope to regain thy place amongst the daughters of men.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
I will slay him who tries to keep her from me!
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
But if ye break this bond that is between you, slay us that are the cause of this trouble.
"Stories From Livy" by Alfred Church
Thus shall we know where to find the leopard, and I will come and slay him with my fire weapon.
"Through Veld and Forest" by Harry Collingwood
A dispute arises between Hagen and Gunther about the ring, which ends by Hagen slaying Gunther.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
He will strive to slay you.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
I weep because I have lost my noble husband, and now his enemies conspire to slay my only son.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Is any one robbing thee of thy sheep or seeking to slay thee by craft or force?
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
And now the wonderful story of the slaying of the fen-fiends must be told.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
The lady conceals her anger, plies him with wine, and slays him in his drunken sleep.
"Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth" by Frank Sidgwick
Yet with no such weapon did I slay them; ask me what weapons I bore against them.
"The Sundering Flood" by William Morris
In this day the man who slays the wounded or robs the dead is esteemed an outlaw.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The first act of personal daring by which he distinguished himself was his engaging and slaying the giant Ferragus.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
Our relief came from the greediness of the enemy, who ceased slaying, to seize the spoil.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
The end of his abstraction was the resolution to slay his captive then and there.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
With this sword Sir Lancelot shall slay the man he loves best, and Sir Gawaine is his name.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
Leave me, or I may be tempted to slay thee where thou standest; but that would not do.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Purchase this child from thy officer, Terah, and slay it so that it may not grow up a danger to thee.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
But I a beast will slay.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
As for the man he was to slay, the only part of it which troubled Brian was the prediction of the Black Woman at the Dee water.
"Nuala O'Malley" by H. Bedford-Jones
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In poetry:

Said the King of the East to the King of the West,
I wot his frown was set,
'Lo; let us slay him and make him as dung,
It is well that the world forget.'
"The Ballad Of God-Makers" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Said the King of the West to the King of the East,
I wot his smile was dread,
'Nay, let us slay him and make him a god,
It is well that our god be dead.'
"The Ballad Of God-Makers" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
They hoped his gallant heart to slay,
And o'er it bound their chain accurst.
'Twas not his gallant heart gave way—
It was the chain that broke the first.
"Bonnivard" by Ernest Jones
If clouds and darkness rest upon the soul,
Darkness is welcome, since it is His will;
In nature's saddest moments Faith can say,
"Though he should slay me, I will trust him still!"
"Faith" by Caroline Fry
Come, though all heaven again be fire above thee;
Though death before thee come to clear thy sky;
Let us but see in his thy face who love thee;
Yea, though thou slay us, arise and let us die.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
“I would not go alone to-night
The way that he is gone,”
Said one, “for all the gold my sight
Hath ever fallen upon:
To slay that creature was not right,
I’d say’t were he my son!”
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Three people were arrested in connection with the Sunday morning slaying of 16-year-old Montrell Wiseman.
Slaying another sacred cow .
Husband and wife face murder charges in slaying of retired schoolteacher .
Simpson, who usually packs his schedule with public appearances around the nation, was closeted today in his house here, as the police investigated the slaying of his former wife and a friend of hers.
A second arrest was made Monday in the slaying of a couple who were found with shotgun wounds to the head May 11 in their Manchester home.
Black Ops II" this trailer features Zombie Mode where Avenged Sevenfold 's latest track "Carry On"which makes you want to slay some zombies.
Mom & daughter in slay horror.
A rural Shawano man will face trial in the shotgun slayings of a female acquaintance and her brother.
Teen's slaying over loud music compared to Trayvon Martin case, but differences are significant .
Nelson, 25, was convicted of capital murder for the March 3, 2011, slaying of the Rev.
And this is absolutely going to slay my coworker Nadia.
Blood spatter links Velez to Hudson slay victims.
Maarten police have arrested a second suspect in the slaying of an American couple who were stabbed to death in their beachfront condominium.
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten (AP) — A third suspect has been arrested in the slaying of a South Carolina couple found stabbed to death in their St Maarten beachfront apartment last month, authorities said Friday.
3rd suspect arrested in St Maarten slaying.
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In science:

Remark 1.2 It took me some time to write things up in a readable fashion: In order not to slay down the reader with vast number of terms, in the proof section, we instead describe verbally how we got them referring to a corresponding MAPLE script available in the internet.
Higher order asymptotics for the MSE of the sample median on shrinking neighborhoods
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